One day after Chad Johnson dissed the whole Patriots secondary as well as "Mr. Belichick," the Patriots played along, reports Mike Reiss of The Boston Globe. Rodney Harrison and coach Belichick both responded with chuckles and smiles. The exchange was playful from both sides.
The Boston Globe's Peter May reports on the Bengals laundry list of arrests. Troubles with the law caused the suspension of linebacker Odell Thurman. Receiver Chris Henry has been arrested four times since December.
The Boston Globe's* *Mike Reiss offers a story on former Patriot Otis Smith. Smith made it a point to retire as a Patriot. Originally fitted with a training camp role with the Patriots, Smith has remained on Belichick's coaching staff this season, working with Joel Collier and the defensive backs.
Massarotti also reports on Rodney Harrison and Cincy QB Carson Palmer. Both of them tore ligaments in their knees last season and both returned in time for the regular season, making them portraits of resilience.
Kevin McNamara of The Providence Journal reports that Rodney Harrison is never at a loss for words. He jokingly responded to Chad Johnson's comments yesterday.
McNamara also has a story on Belichick's comments, made in good fun. Belichick light heartedly said that Johnson pushes off of cover men to get separation.
Mark Farinella of The Sun Chronicle reports on the friendship between former USC teammates Matt Cassel and Carson Palmer.
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